Many people have heard about the awesome bouldering spot on De Pakhuys farm near Alpha Excelsior, on the Calvinia side of Pakhuys Pass. This area was developed by a group of Austrian climbers including Klem Loskot. Up until now, climbers have wrongly assumed that the land is owned by the people from Alpha Excelsior, whereas is it actually owner by the neighbouring farmers.
I spoke to the neighbour Thys Kruger yesterday. He is concerned about the informal manner in which people have been climbing on his land and consequently, he wants to implement a permit system. Specifically, people have been climbing without asking permission and they have parked their cars across roads (this also happened at Alpha Excelsior).
So until you hear otherwise, the arrangement is as follows:
YOU MUST OBTAIN PERMISSION TO CLIMB ON THIS LAND – CLIMBERS WITHOUT PERMITS WILL BE TRESPASSING. THE PERMITS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE FARMER IN THE FARMHOUSE BELOW THE “FIELDS OF JOY” AREA (THE AREA FURTHEST RIGHT). TO GET TO THE FARMHOUSE, FOLLOW THE ROAD PAST DE PAKHUYS GUESTFARM. IF CLIMBERS DO NOT OBTAIN PERMITS, WE WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY LOSE THE PRIVILEDGE OF CLIMBING IN THIS AREA.
Another disturbing observation was the amount of litter around the boulders (finger tape, cigarette butts, chalk balls, tooth brushes, slip slops etc). When are climbers going to wake up. If you don’t respect other peoples property, landowners will simply ban you going there!
To obtain permits to the Cape Nature area (access from the top of Pakhuys Pass) you will need to visit the Information Office in Clanwilliam.
Clanwilliam Tourist Information
TEL: 027 – 482 2024
International callers please dial
Country Code + 27 27 482 2024
FAX: 027 – 482 2361
Open WEEKDAYS from 08:30 – 17:00
SATURDAYS from 08:30 – 12:30
Open PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 08:30 – 12:30
closed on Good Friday, Christmas and New Year
Cost if permits (per day):
R35.00 per adult
R22.00 for under children under 13
You can also purchase a Wildcard (you may be asked for ID) for multiple entries